Tuesday, March 31, 2020 | 6 Nisan 5780
Greetings!

Passover has always been a favorite holiday of mine. I love developing creative ways to engage my fellow seder attendees. Over the years I’ve created games, stories, and innovative interpretations of all aspects of the seder. But, like you, I know that this will be the most unusual seder I’ve ever had. As we are all thinking about ways to adapt our seder to the current conditions, we, at Beth Emet, are compiling ideas, creating ways we can share ideas with each other, and making some videos you can use to prepare for your seder or show at your seder itself. These ideas will be available soon (and stay tuned for the next episode of Quarantime!).

We also know that some people might be alone for seder and are looking for a seder they can attend via Zoom or whatever technology might be used. Please let us know if you are in need of a seder so we can match you with someone. And for those who can invite someone to virtually attend your seder, please let us know you have an extra spot for someone on your Zoom screen. If you need a place or can offer a place, please send an email to Bekki Kaplan.

As we prepare for Passover, we acknowledge the human suffering that is taking place. Our hearts ache for those who are ill and for those who are mourning the death of their loved ones. We pray for health and comfort for all who are hurting.

We also try to keep in our minds a vision of the future. On Passover we celebrate that the cycle of slavery can be broken; we are not destined to be stuck in whatever circumstances enslave us. What an apt moral to remember today as we prepare for more time living our lives with fewer freedoms and with deep concern for the pain in the world. May this hope sustain us as we look forward to a better future, and may our Passover observance remind us of the blessing of freedom and deepen our empathy for all humankind.

With blessings for good health, well-being, and a loving Passover,

Rabbi London
Coming Up at (Virtual) Beth Emet
Thursday, April 2
Beit Sefer via Zoom (various times - check Beit Sefer News)

Friday, April 3
9:30 a.m.   A Close Look at Torah   with Rabbi Andrea London  via Zoom  (or call  312-626- 6799 Meeting ID: 657 819 679)
10:45 a.m. Your Space, My Space, Our Space: The Sabbath Prohibitions  via Zoom
(or call  312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 454 365 822)
6:30 p.m. Kabblat Shabbat Services via Zoom (or call  312-626- 6799 Meeting ID: 963 006 6598 )

Saturday, April 4
9:00 a.m. Tot Shabbat via Zoom ( link will be in Friday's email and EC News)
9:30 a.m. Kahal Shabbat Morning Service via Zoom (or call  312-626- 6799 Meeting ID: 963 006 6598)
8:00 p.m. Virtual Havdalah via Zoom (or call  312-626- 6799 Meeting ID: 963 006 6598)

Sunday, April 5
Beit Sefer via Zoom (various times - check Beit Sefer News)
1:00 p.m. Social Action Committee Meeting via Zoom (or call  312-626- 6799 Meeting ID: 826 130 037 )

Wednesday, April 8
Passover Begins at Sundown

Thursday, April 9
10:00 a.m. First day of Passover Services via Zoom (or call  312-626- 6799 Meeting ID: 963 006 6598)

Friday, April 10
6:30 p.m. Kabblat Shabbat Services via Zoom (or call  312-626- 6799 Meeting ID: 963 006 6598 )

Saturday, April 11
9:30 a.m. Kahal Shabbat Morning Service via Zoom (or call  312-626- 6799 Meeting ID: 963 006 6598)
8:00 p.m. Virtual Havdalah via Zoom (or call  312-626- 6799 Meeting ID: 963 006 6598)

Monday, April 13
Music of the Holocaust with Jesse Rosenberg via Zoom (or call  312-626- 6799 Meeting ID: 214 583 753 )
Tot Shabbat
Shabbat, April 4 at 9:00 a.m. via Zoom (link forthcoming)
Rabbi Memis-Foler, Cantor Cotler,and Kathy Kaberon will join you in your living room for songs, a story and an activity
Coming Soon
Donations / Volunteer
Beth Emet Soup Kitchen - Keeping Calm and Carrying On
In the face of challenges presented by the Coronavirus outbreak, Beth Emet Soup Kitchen (BESK) is continuing to offer hot meals to members of the community. To reduce the exposure of both volunteers and guests, sit down meals have been replaced by hot dinners to-go. Full bag lunches are being assembled in volunteers’ home kitchens and the meals are being packed with just five volunteers, down from the 20+ required on a regular serving night. All volunteers are using best practices of social distancing, frequent handwashing and wearing gloves.

The Soup Kitchen Committee is so grateful to all of you who have supported it in the past, making it possible to purchase all food with Beth Emet Soup Kitchen funds. We also want to thank the leadership at Beth Emet for their continuing support in allowing the Soup Kitchen to stay open.  Read more .
Bake for the Soup Kitchen
If you’re looking for something worthwhile to do at home, why not bake desserts for Beth Emet’s Soup Kitchen? We won’t use them right away, however if you freeze them, we promise to use them at a later date. Please help us by following some simple guidelines:
  • Bakers need to be healthy and wear gloves
  •  We prefer cookies, brownies and other individual treats. No cakes or pies please
  • No nuts please!
  • Please put desserts in freezer bags and label with the date, the contents and the # of pieces.
  •  If you can store them in your home freezer, that’s great. If not, please contact Leslie and she can arrange to freeze them at Beth Emet.
  • Once you’ve baked, please send a note to soupkitchen@bethmemet.org to let us know how many pieces you have. We will be in touch when we’re ready to re-open and serve your goodies.
Social Justice
Advocacy
During this pandemic, while most people are sheltering in place, they have shared with me that they wish that they could do more to care for others who are in need. Beth Emet has had a long history of being engaged in Social Justice, and one of the ways we can do more for those in need is through the vehicle of advocacy. Please read the following message from our member Judy Caplan, who has been a leader in our congregation in the area of advocating for Social Justice. She has sent this message to those who have signed up to receive such actions, and at a time like now, there may be a wider interest in participating to help others who are in need. --Rabbi Amy L. Memis-Foler
Virtual Learning
How to Access Adult Education Courses
At the start of class you can click on the Zoom link below, on the calendar on our homepage, or on the programs description page on the web (and hyperlinked below). If you're having issues, please see   Zoom directions  . While you may not have signed up for these Adult Education classes, now that they are online, feel free to join the learning. 
If you anticipate you might need some technology help connecting electronically  prior to the class , please email   Rabbi Memis-Foler  or call Beth Emet at 847-869-4230 ext. 321 and leave a message with your phone number

with Rabbi Andrea London 
Friday, April 3 at 9:30 a.m.  via Zoom  (or call  312-626- 6799 Meeting ID: 657 819 679)
New participants always welcome!

with Rabbi Michael Balinsky
Friday, April 3 at 10:45 a.m.  via Zoom (or call  312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 454 365 822)

with Jesse Rosenberg
Monday, April 13 via Zoom (or call  312-626- 6799 Meeting ID: 214 583 753 )
View more details, costs, and upcoming coursesregister, or email  Miriam with any questions.
In case you missed it!
Hear a recording of Negotiating Israel's Security Provisions for a Two-State Resolution from Monday, March 30.
Lifecycle
B'nei Mitzvah
Karen Smilowitz and David Corr
April 11, 2020

Deaths
Feliks and Luiza Ogorodnik
father and mother of Irina (Ed) Greenwald, and grandparents of Daniel and Nathan

Samuel Isaac Wiener
son of Paula Jacobi and Todd Wiener

Sharon Lynn Doney
mother of David (Rana) Doney and Douglas Doney 

Erica “Ricky” Cohen
friend of Judy Foler

Fayette Barr
friend of Jackie Berman

Albert Hadida
father of Johanna (Olivier) Visa
Beth Emet Community
JCC Chicago Early Childhood Registration for the 2020-21 school year now open! The JCC is offering current Beth Emet Early Childhood families special pricing both on full-day Preschool and Daycare as well as a 20% savings on camp when they register for an Apachi Day Camp/Preschool combo, starting in June 2020. Here is a View dates and pricing . Additional program details are available online
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